The holidays may be over but there are still plenty of festivities to enjoy in Los Angeles – some free of charge. Following are six sure-fire ways to combat any post-holiday blues. Also, the next time you’re at LAX, be sure to notice the new art exhibits on display through March in Terminal 1. Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, has debuted four art exhibitions at LAX by Los Angeles artists. The mixed-media art installations feature photographs, paintings and drawings.
There’s still time to see Woody, Jessie and the entire Toy Story crew skate up some adventures in Disney on Ice: Pixar’s Toy Story 3 through Jan. 8 at the Long Beach Arena. Tickets: $12 – $100.
The annual Golden Dragon Parade celebrates the Lunar New Year, the most celebrated holiday of the year for nearly 1.5 million people of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent in Southern California. The festive parade features about two dozen floats, multiple marching bands, and cultural groups from 1 – 4 p.m. Jan. 28 in Chinatown. Red packets of money and firecrackers add fun and excitement to the celebration. Free.
The Los Angeles return of the Broadway smash-hit musical “WICKED” tells the story of two girls in the Land of Oz long before Dorothy is in the picture. One girl, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED follows their remarkable odyssey and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. The musical is presented by Broadway/LA through Jan. 29 at the beautiful Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Tickets from $30.
Scoop up all sorts of travel information for your next getaway at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Jan. 28 and 29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. From safaris to scuba diving, wind surfing to wine tours, archeology excursions to relaxing on a pristine beach, the travel show is where you’ll discover amazing travel destinations, attractions, activities, resorts, products, luxury goods and services. Get tips from travel experts Lisa ling, Arthur Frommer, and Rick Steves among others. There’s also a culinary stage with hundreds of exhibitors, cultural entertainment, and kids’ activities. Tickets: $10; kids ages 16 and younger admitted free with each paying adult.
Demons, Angels and Monsters: The Supernatural in Art is a new children’s audio tour at the Getty Center that sounds scarier than it is. It actually features otherworldly figures depicted in works of art from the museum’s permanent collection through Feb. 5. Created by kids for kids, the audio tour features imaginative children sharing their impressions of troublemaking demons, flying superhero angels, and a charming dragon. The tour includes paintings, sculpture, and stained glass by such artists as Gauguin, Tiepolo, and Bernini. Free admission.
The Andrea Bocelli – Story of a Voice exhibit spotlights rare artifacts from his personal collections through Feb. 12 at the GRAMMY Museum. See Bocelli’s silver flute, and costume from Madama Butterfly. The museum, which debuted in 2008 with the 50th anniversary of the GRAMMY Awards, celebrates the power of music with cutting edge exhibits, interactive experiences, and films. GRAMMY music represented includes rock, hip hop, country, latin, R&B, and jazz. Admission: $12.95 adults, $10.95 ages 6 – 17.